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Riven Paperback – January 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In this painfully slow story, Jenkins (Left Behind) builds two protagonists' story lines-each from different generations and different walks of life, yet destined to cross paths through God's providence. When readers meet young Brady Wayne Darby, he is still struggling to make it through high school, barely weaseling his way out of troubles that often come his way. With the Rev. Thomas Carey, Jenkins introduces an elder pastor, down on his luck and trying to find a new flock-eventually landing himself a prison chaplaincy on death row. Though the story ends with a predictable redemption, along the way, readers are assaulted with a heavy dose of despair, with women who cause the men in their lives endless trials and a plot that takes its sweet time. Since the novel is a complete departure from Jenkins's high-octane Left Behind series, longtime fans may be surprised by his versatility even as they grow impatient with the story's lugubrious development.
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You would never expect the paths of Brady Darby and Thomas Carey to cross. The teenage Brady is an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks who’s trying to find his place in life while still somehow protecting his little brother from their negligent mother. Thomas is a preacher without a flock, as he and his devoted wife, Grace, are forced to move towns once again after allowing membership at yet another church to dwindle under their watch. At every turn, Brady’s decisions seem to backfire, even when he tries change by participating in the high school musical. At the same time, Thomas and Grace are immediately rejected by their latest congregation for refusing to give in to politics, and their only child seems to reject them and their lifestyle. Several years later, the worlds of Brady and Thomas collide at a juvenile halfway house. They act as life forces for each other even as their individual worlds sink deeper into misery. Christian fiction author Jenkins covers much ground in this weighty book, and while heroes are made out of those who come to God, Jenkins avoids preachiness and, instead, lets goodness shine. Expect demand as Jenkins’ following grows with every outing. --Mary Frances Wilkens --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Brody Wayne Darby has spent his whole life committing one crime after another starting when he stole at the Laundromat where he worked. As he grew older, he committed increasingly more serious crimes and did time. When he was released, he vowed to go straight until a woman hurt him and he killed her. He pleaded guilty and was sent to Adamsville.
In the years he ministered at the prison, Thomas met no sincere inmate. He feels empty until he meets Brody; both come away from their encounters feeling as if God is working through them.
Jerry B. Jenkins is one of the best Christian authors writing today. His latest work is a dark complex contemporary fiction tale driven by two seemingly opposite characters; their polar differences make each even more believable and the story line plausible. RIVEN is a memorable tale starring a man who feels he is a failure and another who only has death waiting for him in three years time. They met and both feel the Lord is working through them giving each what they need. This book will move the audience in so many ways and make them feel so many things. This is a masterpiece.
I am a Christian, and if this is what passes for Christian literature, I weep for the state of American Christianity. Well, I guess I do that anyway, but that so many seem to have enjoyed this book makes me realize why people think that Christians are ignorant. I beg my fellow believers to read better fiction, to be more discerning, to have a higher personal standard. And DON'T recommend this book to your non-believing friends and family.
The novel opens as a Death Row inmate is taken to his execution. Rewind 17 years, the story alternates between high school kid Brady Wayne Darby as he struggles, growing up in a trailer park with a bad mother, and Reverend Thomas Carey, who seems to fail at every new job.
I liked reading about Brady Darby (anagram, see?) and I wished there was less focus on Carey. His story is less interesting and I found it difficult to like him and his wife Grace. They're very judgmental against their daughter and son-in-law. They don't seem to care much about them, except that they want them to become Christians. Less focus on them would have distracted less from the more interesting story about Brady. The parallel storylines make the novel overall a bit too slow.
"Riven" is a Christian novel, and needless to say, much of it, especially in the second half, is about religion. Since I'm not a Christian, I didn't find this as inspirational as most Christian readers no doubt will, and I found some events to be a bit too unbelievable.
Recommended for Christian readers who don't mind slow paced books. Christian readers may want to add one star to my rating. Not recommended to non-Christian readers, although some Christian readers may find it a good witnessing tool if they want to give away a copy to a non-Christian friend.
2ndly, I didn't like either of the main characters. The priest was a bore. Priest are a lot more interesting then him. The criminal had a crappy life and then suddenly found god.
So many issues are out of whack here. The daugher, who is a non beleiver, comes around at the end and finds god.
Both the daughter and the priest thinks it's a great idea on how the inmate watnts to die. It's so disgusting, I can't beleive that they would be so excited by it.
I've notice that most free book dowloads on Amazon, tend to be religious books. Be wary.
The book is very unrealistic, very biased and misleading. I wouldn't even recomend it to the Pope!